Debi Lee of the Centralina Area Agency on Aging was my guest host today as I was attending my daughter Rachel’s wedding in Flat Rock, NC. I want to thank Debi for doing a bang up job with a fabulous line-up of guests and some most useful topics for our older adults, and those of all ages who love and care for them.
Wayne Goodwin, who is the NC State Commissioner of Insurance as well as the NC State Fire Marshall was kind enough to call in to the show for several segments. As Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin has been a champion for consumers through fair rate making, injury prevention efforts, and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices. Since taking the oath of office, he has redoubled the department’s efforts in fighting insurance fraud and has saved approximately $1 billion for North Carolina’s consumers and businesses.
In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin is the State Fire Marshal and plays a vital role in protecting lives and property in North Carolina. The Office of State Fire Marshal is responsible for training fire and rescue personnel, administering the state building code, securing property insurance for state-owned buildings, and reviewing construction plans for state building projects.
Also phoning in was Jeanie Schepisi, the Regional Manager of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Laurie Abounader of the Cabarus County Elder Abuse Task Force. Joining Debi in studio and on the air were Linda Miller (a big Rolling Stones fan) and Katie Kutcher from the Centralina Area Agency on Aging.
There’s lots of vital information for senior adults and their families in this edition of Radio 4 the Ages, so listen in and be prepared to take notes. And many thanks again to my good friend Debi Lee for a great job hosting for me today!
Joining the Radio 4 the Ages team this Sunday were Debora Sparks (Council on Aging), Ann Marie Obrikat (Council on Aging), and Katie Kutcher (Centralina Area Agency on Aging, Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition) to talk about their organization. We learn about the history of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging as well as what they do. All of us here at Radio 4 the Ages were really surprised to learn about all the important and interesting work the Council on Aging does to improve the lives of senior adults and baby boomers in the Charlotte region. They explained how they work with elected government officials and seniors to provide a platform for better communication in the community, as well as some wonderful research to help the county plan for the coming wave of an aging population including baby boomers, seniors, and retirees. If you want to learn more about the Council on Aging, tune in, call in, and get involved!
- Debora Sparks
Executive Direct, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging
- Ann Marie Obrikat
- Katie Kutcher
Aging Specialist, Centralina Area Agency on Aging
Co-Chair of Advocacy Committee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Aging Coalition